Colorado, Agate Creek Trail

State: Colorado
Location: Gunnison National Forest
Length, One-Way: 8 miles
Trail Type: Out and Back
Best Season: Summer, Fall
Usage: Light

Waterfalls in the moonlight along a Colorado Stream

Trail Information

The Agate Creek Trail winds through the Agate Creek drainage, which parallels the Continental Divide. The trail eventually climbs to the Continental Divide about 2.5 miles past Marshall Pass.

The Agate Creek Trail heads away from Highway 50 to the north of Sargents and leads to the east. Beginning at an elevation of 9,120 feet, the trail follows the Agate Creek as it steadily gains elevation. After hiking for about five miles from the trailhead, the trail leaves the creek and begins climbing in earnest to the Continental Divide. The Agate Creek Trail climbs for three more miles to a height of approximately 11,850 feet where it eventually intersects Trail 531. This trail is known by many names including the Summit Trail, Monarch Trail, Colorado Trail and Continental Divide Trail.
From Gunnison to Highway 50 Access:
Travel a few miles past the closed Agate Creek Campground to a point on the road which is signed as “Agate Creek.” Pull off there and descend down to Agate Creek following Trail 484.

From Gunnison to Agate Creek Campground:
Take Highway 50 east out of Gunnison. About four miles past Sargents is the currently closed Agate Creek Campground. Go a few miles past the campground to a point on the road which is signed as “Agate Creek”. Pull off there and descend down to Agate Creek.

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